[QUOTE]\nThere is a great 1961 story by Hal Draper called Ms Fnd in a Lbry, which\nis about a civilisation that collapses due to information overload. It\nis mentioned in this blog post:\n\n<[URL]http://ai.mee.nu/pst_fnd_in_a_blg>[/URL]\n\nHere is a quote from the post:\n\n\nIan\n[/QUOTE]\n\nThat's why you back stuff up. I'd not attempt to recover all the files, just\nthose which weren't on backup and which couldn't be easily reconstituted. I'd\njust wipe the drive, restore from the backup, and drive on. That's why I love\nTime Machine: at worst I can lose one hour's data. At home I do a clone of my\nboot volume every week or so, and before I make a major change in the system.\nThis means that I _have_ a known working system at most a week old, and I\nhave backups at most an hour old, in the event that there's a problem. And\nhaving stuff on several different physical drives means that there would have\nto be a _serious_ problem before it affected _everything_. And, of course,\nthe external drives can be plugged into _any machine in the building_, all of\nwhich have FireWire. Including the Windows boxes.